Jeremiah: I'd Be Surprised If Giants Don't Pick QB Early

Another year, another top-10 pick. The Giants have to draft a quarterback, right?

The DA Show
March 11, 2019 - 12:33 pm

The New York Giants have the sixth and 37th overall picks in the NFL Draft, and many analysts would be surprised, if not shocked, if the Giants don’t use one of those picks on a quarterback. In fact, many draft experts have the Giants selecting Ohio State quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins in the first round.

NFL Network draft insider Daniel Jeremiah believes that would be a wise investment.

“Even though it would be a little bit early for where I have Dwayne Haskins, it would be hard for me to look at a franchise that comes back-to-back years with top-10 picks – and you have an aging quarterback – and you don’t address that situation,” Jeremiah said on The DA Show. “So if they’re comfortable, if they have strong grades, to me, you take the quarterback and you don’t look back, even though you might have a better player there along that defensive front. So that would be where I would be looking at.”

Haskins, who turns 22 in May, started one season at Ohio State. He completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns and led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a Rose Bowl win over Washington.

He, along with Kyler Murray and Drew Lock, will be among the first quarterbacks selected in the draft.

“If they’re not sold on Dwayne Haskins, hey, trade back if you want to trade back and see if you can land him or Drew Lock or somebody else you might like later on,” Jeremiah said. “I would be very surprised if they came out of this draft without at least one of their first two picks being some young quarterback they can try to grow with as Eli is coming to a close.”

Manning, 38, completed a career-high 66.0 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. One reason for the high completion percentage? Manning became a check-down machine, with Saquon Barkley catching 91 balls for 721 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

Of course, if the Giants pass on Haskins, they could look for a quarterback later in the draft, including N.C. State’s Ryan Finley, who is flying under the radar.

“He doesn’t have anything that wows you, but he just throws on time, he’s accurate, the ball’s where it needs to be – and you can win with him,” Jeremiah said of the 24-year-old. “I think people remember what Matt Schaub has been later in his career, but if you remember early on, he had some success there in Houston in the right system for his skill set. I could see Ryan Finley having similar-type success.”